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#1 C M

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 12:32 PM

The first two fish I got (one at a fish store, one a rescue) happened to both be deltas, and they both turned into tail biters despite having a mild current in their tank. After that and seeing how many people end up with delta and halfmoon tail biters here, or get larger finned fish that bite their tails during shipping (mine won't let theirs grow back much before they bite it off again). Then I said unless the fish is a rescue and not just a personal pet fish from a good fish store or breeder, I'm done with larger tailed Bettas. But then I noticed I don't see a lot (though I have seen a couple) of tail biting veil tails, and I was wondering, are they less prone to tail biting than deltas and halfmoons? I've seen some gorgeous veil tail "culls" online from breeders that aren't breeding for veil tails, and even dragon ones at a particular fish store, but I'm so frustrated with tail biting.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 01:29 PM

I have 2 VT and none of them bite their fins. I don't know if they just don't bite their fins, or their fins might not be as heavy as the HM and Delta's.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:06 PM

I have seen a loooot of delta and HM tailbiters, but I've seen a fair number of VT ones too, so it's hard to say. Maybe the heavy, flashy, flowy fins of HMs look more tasty?

Plakats are the only variety I've never seen tailbite :P
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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:06 PM

eehh... i've heard of VTs tail biting, but it's seen alot more in HMs and Deltas. probably 'cause their fins are so HUGE, compared to VTs.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:33 PM

LOL.. we'll I guess I'll be the odd woman out because I've had a LOT of VT tail biters but out of all the HMs I've had or do have I have only had 1 that has bitten his tail and I bought him knowing that (he was at an auction and I just thought he was cute).

I really think it's rooted in genetics.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:51 PM

Never had a veil biter. All... I repeat all... of my biters have been halfmoons. I gave up on the long fins.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 03:35 PM

I've always had CTs and Vts and never had a tail biter. I'm starting to think the delta I just go is a tail biter despite being in a filtered 10 gallon.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 04:16 PM

I still have a theory that tail biting may be due to the fish being active, rather than the tail type. An active fish will notice the drag of the tail more and be more prone to bite it, methinks. So the more active the fish, and the more heavy the tail, the more they'll chew on it.

Just a hypothesis, really, but I think it may make sense.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 04:28 PM

That does make sense. because when I kept my delta in a bowl he never had any problems and since moving him to the divided 10 he's been swimming around like crazy. My CT it lazy and just lounges around all day but, He had beautiful fins :D

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 05:12 PM

I've had mostly VTs, and out of 5 or so, 3 of them were tailbiters. Drove me up a wall. Then again, those three had the biggest tails of all my VTs and were most hyper!

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 08:48 PM

what if its more stressful to carry your tail open and flared or what if it has something to do with the rays. most veils just drag their tails, but hm and deltas have theirs proped open with the rays might it be more heavy that way?

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 08:51 PM

Thank you everyone for weighing in. I know the bigger tails make them more prone to biting but I wasn't sure if the veils had as heavy of tails or not. If only there were more reputable halfmoon and giant plakat breeders here in the States.




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